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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Codirector to Participate in Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism of Chile

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We are proud to announce that our master program’s codirector, Carmen Mendoza Arroyo, has been invited to participate in the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial of Chile for her socio-spatial…

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Our Master program featured in Barcelona’s 2017 Architecture Week

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The city of Barcelona is promoting the Barcelona’s 2017 Architecture Week which features our International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture master program, including the following events:   CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR: “BIO-PHILOSOPHY AND…


Final Jury 2017 | Master Thesis Presentations

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Like every year, our course comes to an end with the presentation of our students’ final theses. Join us May 25-26th when our students will defend their final thesis before…


International Workshop: Towards Urban Resilience

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On May 23-24, UIC School of Architecture will host Towards Urban Resilience, an international workshop that will gather young researchers, master’s and PhD students, and guest speakers from the field…

"This master was the best combination of practical training and theoretical teaching to help me take the leap from traditional architectural practice into the field of socially responsible design. "

− Chris Kulp, Alumni, USA

"The master has improved consistently in recent years and recruits students that are committed and highly capable. A top program."

− Sergio Palleroni, Professor, Portland State University

"This master's program is a shift of life. It's definitely one of the greatest in the world."

− Nasr Chamma, Alumni, Lebanon

"An exceptional and unique exemplar of good teaching, organization and content."

− Nabeel Hamdi, Professor, Oxford Brookes University